Bill O’Brien Confirms He Is Staying At Penn State

The Big Ten’s Coach of the Year, Penn State’s Bill O’Brien has confirmed that he is staying in Happy Valley despite rumors of several NFL teams being interested in him.

“I plan on being the head football coach at Penn State,” O’Brien said during a radio interview with 790 the Zone in Atlanta. “That’s my plan and that’s what I intend to do.”

O’Brien is under contract at Penn State through 2020.

Given the adversity his team faced this year along with the pressure of replacing Joe Paterno on the sidelines, O’Brien certainly did a fantastic job in his first year as a head coach.

Despite the distractions and rival coaches poaching players all summer, Penn State rebounded from an 0-2 start to finish the season 8-4 and second in the Leaders Division of the conference. The team showed resiliency and improvement throughout the year due in large part to O’Brien’s unwavering belief in his team.

Perhaps more than anything, O’Brien brought a positive feeling back to a Penn State campus that has been battered by the Sandusky sex scandal.

“It was a tough, tough year here, especially if you go back to November, but I think these kids — and again it goes back to this senior class — they’re wise beyond their years,” O’Brien said. “As time went on they realized that it’s not about bowl games, it’s about making sure that we do our part to help put an end to child abuse but at the same time go out and play as good of football as we can and like every season we wish we had some plays back and some games back, but I think at the end of the day we played pretty good football.”

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